SoftAcid® is a unique and efficient acidifier for piglet feed. Piglets have a fragile digestive tract, which is why we have developed a specific blend for them, containing both lactic and formic acid.
Piglets are unable to produce high amounts of hydrochloric acid in the stomach after weaning, which makes buffered organic acids unsuitable for this application.
Extensive trials have shown that SoftAcid is an effective product for the prevention of digestive problems in piglets, which results in better utilisation of the feed and improved animal performance. SoftAcid also has a positive influence on the microbial population of the piglet's digestive system, resulting in a reduction in the number of coliform bacteria present in the small intestine. Furthermore, data generated show that SoftAcid has acceptable palatability, with dosages up to 2% having no detrimental effect on feed uptake.
- Good digestibility effect
- Efficient pH reduction and control
- Strong antibacterial effect
- Less odour to avoid a drop in feed consumption
- Can be used together with essential oils
- More sustainable than pure acids
SoftAcid makes an excellent alternative to Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGPs) in livestock feed, due to its specific and unique ability to either kill or inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi.
Bacterial Inhibition Properties
The organic acids in SoftAcid have two functions as antimicrobial agents. Their primary action is through pH depression. In addition, the ability of organic acids to change from undissociated to dissociated form, depending of the environmental pH, makes them effective antimicrobial agents.
LCA: SoftAcid vs formic acid
A Life Cycle Analysis compared SoftAcid® to pure formic acid for animal feed. The results confirm that SoftAcid is the overall most sustainable choice.
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